Reflections on 2019


Salaam everyone,

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year 2020. Here are some of AYEDI’s highlights for 2019:

  • We had our first ever Afghan Youth Community Impact Conference in March 2019 with over 55+ registered attendees! See photos here
  • Ran a successful Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) campaign to encourage Afghan youth to vote in the 2019 federal election. See photos here
  • Launched the first ever Afghan Vote Coalition, a group of Afghan-led organizations who have united to send a message to all Afghan-Canadians to be informed and engaged in our democratic system by voting
  • Our Executive Director Khalidha Nasiri penned an opinion piece in the Scarborough Mirror titled, “Afghan Youth in Toronto are Ready to Make Their Voices Heard”:
  • Supported an exhibition called Salaam from Niagara Falls which explored first- and second-generation Afghan and Iranian place-making in the context of ongoing settler colonialism on Turtle IslandIn 2020, we look forward to:
  • Launching our Afghan Youth Mentorship Program (stay tuned for details!)
  • Hosting our second ever Conference
  • Engaging with politicians and community stakeholders on issues relevant to Afghan youth
  • And more

We look forward to your continued support in 2020. Our team is eager to continue the much-needed work for our Afghan-Canadian youth. You can always send us an e-mail at with your thoughts and suggestions.

From the AYEDI team, happy new year and best wishes to you and your family on the year ahead!


Warmest regards,

The AYEDI Team: Khalidha, Veeda, Madina, Ferozan, Zohal, Marjila, Wares, Robina, and Frishta


From left to right: Zoohra Mirzanabat (former Outreach Director & Vice President), Veeda Tanwir (Events and Sponsorship Director), Marjila Yousuf (Advisory Board), Robina Hafizy (Advisory Board), Khalidha Nasiri (Executive Director), Madina Tabesh (Grants and Marketing Director), Wares Fazelyar (Advisory Board) Missing: Frishta Bastan (Advisory Board), Ferozan Nasiri (Outreach Director), and Zohal Mirzanabat (Internal Director)